Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society

This Week in SEC History

May 17, 1792 - twenty-four brokers met under a buttonwood tree to form a private club with strict rules, bring order to a chaotic market, and legendarily start the New York Stock Exchange. From its start, the SEC strove to turn the private club into a more transparent institution.
February 15, 2024

The Evolution of “Materiality”

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The concept of “materiality” is the cornerstone of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s public company disclosure regime. It is a fundamental principle of the Securities Act of 1933 and Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

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November 1, 2023

The SEC San Francisco Regional Office - A Historical Perspective..

San Francisco Bay Bridge

In celebration of a new gallery on the history of the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regional Offices, the SEC Historical Society hosted a special program on the evolution of the San Francisco Regional Office.

Watch Recording

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Harvey L. Pitt at the SEC in 1970

Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society Mourns the Passing of Society Founder, Harvey L. Pitt



Gubir Grewal
May 17, 2023

Fireside Chat with Gurbir S. Grewal

The Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society, Baker McKenzie, and the South Asian Bar Association of Washington, DC (SABA-DC) presented a fireside chat with Gurbir S. Grewal, Director of the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The May 17 event was held in person in Washington, DC and broadcast from this website.

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2022 Annual Report

The SEC Historical Society is pleased to share its 2022 annual report. This report contains the highlights of Virtual Museum-related projects, the audited financial statements, and the lists of donors and contributors for the year 2022.

Thank you very much to those who support the mission of the Society to grow and make available the unique collection in our Virtual Museum.

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What is the SEC Historical Society?

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W. Jay Clayton, Mary Jo White, Mary L. Schapiro, Pamela A. Gibbs, and Haima Marlier

SEC's Office of Minority and Women Inclusion: OMWI at 10 Years

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Securities Arbitration Clinics: Commemorating 25 Years of Law Students Aiding Investors

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